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‘Miracle on Ice’ goalie Jim Craig selling memorabilia

Jim Craig, the goalie for the United States hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics, is selling 19 pieces of memorabilia — including his gold medal.Lelands.com

NEW YORK — The American flag that goalie Jim Craig draped around his shoulders after the United States defeated Finland at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics is on the auction block.

The flag is one of 19 items in ''The Jim Craig 'Miracle on Ice' Collection,'' which also includes Craig's Olympic gold medal and the jerseys he wore against the vaunted Soviet Union and in the gold-medal victory against Finland. Also included are the only mask Craig wore during the Winter Games, his skates and goalie equipment, and the goalie sticks from the games against the Soviets and Finland.

"I've decided to sell my 'Miracle on Ice' collection so my children and grandchildren will be financially secure in the future," said Craig in a press release from Lelands.com, which announced the private sale on Wednesday. "Additionally, proceeds from the sale will also benefit several charities that are close to my heart. Over the years I've loaned my Olympic memorabilia to museums and other venues so it could be accessible to fans to enjoy and it is my hope that whoever purchases this will do the same."

Asking price for the 19-piece collection is $5.7 million. The items are on display through Sunday at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

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The image of Craig with the American flag while he skated around the rink searching the stands for his father is well-known in American sports history. The flag is valued at $1 million to $1.5 million. The price of the gold medal is pegged between $1.5 million and $2 million.

Craig joins former US teammate Mike Eruzione, who auctioned several Olympic items just over two years ago, including the jersey he was wearing in the Soviet game. Eruzione, who scored the winning goal in that game, netted around $1.5 million and said he sold the Olympic items to benefit his three adult children and a grandson, along with the Winthrop Foundation, which finances charities in his hometown of Winthrop, Mass.

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The US victory by a bunch of fuzzy-faced college kids over one of the best teams in hockey history is one of the great moments in American sports history.

Craig is from North Easton, Mass., attended Boston University, and played in the NHL for the Atlanta Flames, Boston Bruins, and Minnesota North Stars.